As many as 40% of people in the United States develop a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. Though the infection rarely causes symptoms, H. pylori can affect the lining of your stomach and cause gastritis or peptic ulcers. At Gotham Gastroenterology, with locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, the skilled gastroenterologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of H. pylori infections. To learn more about H. pylori and how it affects your health, contact the office nearest you by phone or online today.
H. pylori is bacteria that infects your stomach. The infection is very common and most people who have it got it when they were children.
Researchers aren’t sure how H. pylori spreads, but it’s theorized that you may become infected with the bacteria after eating unclean food or drinking unclean water. You may also become infected if you come in contact with the saliva of an infected person.
Most people with an H. pylori infection don’t know they have it because they never develop signs and symptoms. However, in some people, the bacteria affects the lining of the stomach, which may lead to symptoms such as:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Gotham Gastroenterology to schedule an evaluation. Though these symptoms may develop from many causes, an untreated H. pylori infection may increase your risk of developing a peptic ulcer or stomach cancer.
The skilled team at Gotham Gastroenterology conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms.
During your exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history and completes a physical exam. To confirm or rule out an H. pylori infection, they may request diagnostic tests such as bloodwork, breath testing, or stool testing.
The gastroenterologists may also recommend an upper endoscopy to evaluate your stomach for inflammation or ulcers.
The experts at Gotham Gastroenterology develop a personalized treatment plan for your H. pylori infection based on your symptoms and the results of your diagnostic testing. To treat the bacterial infection, the team prescribes two antibiotics you take at the same time.
In addition to the antibiotics, the team may also prescribe medication to decrease acid production to promote healing of your inflamed stomach tissue, such as a proton-pump inhibitor or a histamine (H-2) blocker.
After you complete your antibiotics, the team at Gotham Gastroenterology has you return to the office to retest for H. pylori. If you’re still infected, they prescribe a different combination of antibiotics and repeat testing.
To schedule a consultation to see if an H. pylori infection is the root cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms, call Gotham Gastroenterology or book online today.